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The German language connects people

The worldwide German community is growing. PASCH schools are spreading German language and culture with a special strategy.

600,000 students around the world are learning German at PASCH schools.
600,000 students around the world are learning German at PASCH schools. © ZfA

Germany. The PASCH schools network is ten years old. Over 600,000 school students are learning German in schools from Afghanistan to Argentina. These are formative years for many of the young people, a time that also influences their future lives.

What does PASCH mean?

PASCH stands for “Schulen: Partner der Zukunft” (Schools: Partners of the Future). It is an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office in cooperation with the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Goethe-Institut, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Educational Exchange Service of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Culture (PAD). The initiative supports schools all over the world that offer qualified German-language tuition by providing modern teaching materials, teacher training, student exchanges and scholarships.

What is the goal?

Language skills are the key to intercultural dialogue. The PASCH initiative aims to encourage young people around the globe to learn German and thereby also stimulate interest in Germany. This goes far beyond simple language tuition.

What I especially liked about the PASCH initiative was that it also integrates culture into language acquisition.
PASCH alumnus Dave Akinyemi from Rwanda

What are the advantages for the students of PASCH schools?

What is special here is that the schools are closely networked together and maintain partnerships with schools and higher education institutions in Germany. The students become part of a global community of learners of German and can their exchange views and ideas on the platform. Teachers also engage in discussions here on subjects relating to the teaching of German. Many school-leavers remain in contact through the PASCH Alumni network. Not only good German language skills, but also the global network later make it easier for students to enter German universities and companies.

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How many PASCH schools are there worldwide?

Over 2,000 schools in 120 countries belong to the PASCH network. They include 140 German schools abroad, which are supported by the ZfA, 27 German profile schools, 1,100 national schools that offer the German Language Diploma of the Conference of German Ministers of Culture and roughly 600 so-called FIT schools, which cooperate with the Goethe-Institut. Approximately 300 partner schools in Germany offer direct experience of the German language and young people in Germany through exchange programmes.

Interactive map: PASCH schools worldwide

What is planned for this jubilee year?

The PASCH-Mobil begins a tour of Germany in Munich on 9 February. In all, it will stop at 31 destinations, presenting the wide range of PASCH projects and partners. The climax is the jubilee celebration in Berlin on 6 June, which will also open the World Congress of German Schools Abroad. A video competition on the subject “How German has changed my life” has been organised for PASCH students in all countries. Participants can win a trip to Berlin.